Friday, July 1, 2016

Argentina: is more than Tango in the New Documentary Directed by Carlos Saura

By José Alberto Hermosillo

“Argentina” is 
an exquisite and delightful documentary with great art and beauty.

The magical journey to the South American country approaches us to its music, rhythms, dance, and folklore. It is an extraordinary voyage that starts with the enlightenment of “The Muleteers/Los muleteros” who, with their mules and horses, worked the Andean region spreading those rhythms.

Influenced by Africa, Italy, Poland, Brazil, and Los Andes, Argentinean music has many styles and different rhythms, known as samba, samba alegre, vidala, chacarera, malambos, valsecitos, coplas, and folklorist.  

The spectacular theatrical staging in the film showcases those dances with excellent choreography.

In dancing, the necessary steps of classic valet are infused with modern jazz and placed together in Argentinean folklore.

Los Chalchaleros performed the most affecting traditional songs in their original and/or current versions.

“Argentina” features some of the most popular folk singers, such as Mercedes SosaEl Chaqueño Palavecino, Soledad Pastorutti (“La Sole”), Liliana Herrero, Luis Salinas, Jaime Torres, Jairo, and the folk group Metabombo.

The dancers include Ballet Nuevo Arte Nativo de Koki and Pajarín Saavedra.

In the film, it is beautiful to see a younger generation bring a heartfelt tribute to one of the world’s most significant promoters of Argentinean music in the world, Mercedes Sosa, with one of her greatest hits, “Changes, Everything Changes/Cambia, todo Cambia.”  

The Malambo tableaux is epic!

The legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura, “Cría Cuervos” (1976) and “Ay Carmela” (1990), among other magnificent films, delivers his fifth musical work: “Carmen,” “Flamenco,” “Tango,” “Fados,” and now “Argentina.”

Saura’s cinematic vision continues exploring the telluric connection between song and soul, music and movements, color and shapes.

The accomplished Spanish director in “Argentina” is to be able to translate to the screen the music, dance, and moves in a cinematic feast of color and energy.

“Argentina” is passion, “Argentina” es amor, "Argentina" es mucho corazón.


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